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All Madelyne knows is the cloistered life. She has some memories of her father before she and her mother escaped her father’s keep. She has kept her identity a secret.
Lord Gavin Mal Verne stumbles upon the convent and he is injured. Madelyne cares for his wounds but tries to quickly send him away. She is attracted to Gavin but knows any outsiders can be dangerous. It is imperative her father not find her and her mother, he thinks they are dead.
Gavin though has been given permission to hunt down Madelyn’s father and when he discovers her identity she becomes a pawn in a scheme between two very powerful men. Gavin wants to protect Madelyn but recognizes how important she is to subduing her father.
Madelyn wants to steer clear of her crazy sire but that begins to look impossible. She is upset at leaving the convent and the sly ways at court are almost too much for her. Fortunately she has a devoted friend and Gavin also is there to try to protect her.
This story moves along at a steady pace until both parties are at court which slowed down some of the action. It picks up again though with some unexpected twists. The leads have to trust each other which is not easy for either of them. Their feelings were engaged throughout this story and Madelyn, emotions are especially well written. The reader understands her uncertainty in new surroundings and her awakening emotions with Gavin.
I had to wonder how much better it would've been (for women of this era) to choose a cloistered life - - away from the harshness of the "outside world". Yeah, that would have it's advantages.
This story is about Lord Gavin Mal Verne..who's described as not a handsome man but rather a man filled with hardness, pain and determination..and Lady Madelyne de Belgrume...who is of course, beautiful (and aspiring to be a nun).
I loved the Court intrigue, "whisperings" and romantic Court innuendo. The correlation and parallels between Lady Madelynes' maid (Tricky) & Lady Madelynes' love interests as well as the romantic gossip that is passed back and forth was fabulous. In the meantime, while all this Court intrigue occurs, Madelynes psychobutt Dad has found out she's alive & continues to make her life miserable...the guy is madder than a Hatter!!
This story was succinct and sweet...at times the dialogue sappy...ie; "Desire sprang to life sending heat through the core of his abdomen and.....lower!" Cripes...can it be any cheesier??!!?? I mean..."lower"??? Just SAY IT Ms. Gleason! All in all...a good story and worth the time & effort.
done well anymore, and with more than just a window-dressing setting, but
Colleen Gleason, with her flair for historical detail and setting, really puts
the reader in the time period.
The characters are realistic for their time, and the love story between Maddie
and Gavin is sensitive and emotional.
She wants to be left alone to live in an abbey, away from her dangerous and
abusive father, and until Gavin finds her, that's what her life is like. But
when Gavin finds her and brings her to the king, Madelyn is ordered to marry.
The relationship between Madelyn and Gavin grows realistically, and he is a
wonderful hero--just the kind I like, and when he falls for her, the scene in
the woods when they first kiss--it's amazing.
Highly recommended! This book seems to be related to two others, and I'm going
to read them too.
I never really connected with the main characters that much. Although this is not a christian book (it shouldn't be listed as such). It was overwhelmingly religious which I found very off putting. I don't mind an occasional "christian" book as long as it's not too preachy so I think it was more the writing than the content. Okay, we get it she was supposed to be a nun! Yes, we also get that her father is mad with religious delusions of grandeur, now lets move along.
I was left with the feeling that I wished I would've spent my time reading something else.
Still... I get lost a bit when the heroine of a story hates horses. And the hero doesn't seem quite worth the effort the heroine puts in.